Sull’obiettivo dell’Inter Nicolò Barella ha provato a intromettersi la Roma. I giallorossi tentavano il Cagliari, ma il giocatore vuole il nerazzurro.
Lautaro Martinez has warned his Argentina teammates they cannot afford to suffer the humiliation of a group stage exit at the Copa America.
The Inter striker played 67 minutes of last night’s 1-1 draw against Paraguay, winning the penalty that Lionel Messi scored to level the match.
Lionel Scaloni’s side have taken just one point from their first two Group B fixtures and must beat Qatar on Sunday to ensure a place in the quarter-finals.
“We weren’t able to find the winning goal but I think we improved from the first match against Colombia,” Lautaro told Dazn.
“We controlled the first half but Paraguay scored from their first attack with a nice counterattack from Miguel Almiron.
“After that we reorganised our ideas and in the second half you saw the difference between the sides with our attacking substitutions.
“We attacked more and had all of the possession while Paraguay only thought about defending. Now we have a difficult match which we have to win to qualify.”
Lautaro reacted angrily to being taken off midway through the second half after taking a knock in the lower back.
The forward admitted he could have continued if Scaloni had not replaced him with Angel Di Maria.
“The medical staff gave me a massage at half-time and I tried to keep moving to avoid an injury,” Lautaro added.
“I could have continued playing but the coach decided to take me off.”
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Lautaro Martinez was described as ‘an animal’ by Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni last night following their 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Copa America.
Lautaro won the penalty that Lionel Messi scored to level the match, but the 21-year-old was taken off to his frustration after 67 minutes.
Scaloni confirmed he would have preferred to leave the Inter striker on the pitch but felt he was no longer fit to continue.
“I’ve already spoken to him in the dressing room,” Scaloni told reporters, responding to questions about Lautaro’s anger on the bench after being substitued.
“He stayed on because physically speaking he’s an animal, but he’d taken a knock to his lower back and it was a problem.”
Lautaro was left on the bench for the Albiceleste’s opener against Colombia on Saturday but replaced Sergio Aguero in the starting XI yesterday.
Argentina must now beat Qatar on their final Group B fixture to ensure they reach the quarter-finals.
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Davide Merola is closing in on a move to Bologna after the Felsinei offered the 19-year-old a lucrative four-year deal, according to FcInterNews.it.
The forward has one year left on his deal with Inter and will not renew his contract, leaving the Nerazzurri with no option but to sell him this summer.
Inter want €2 million to let Merola go and have interest from Sampdoria as well as Bologna.
Roma had previously been linked as part of a deal to take Edin Dzeko in the other direction, but neither the Giallorossi nor the player’s agent Mino Raiola were keen.
Raiola does not want Merola to join a big club and be sent on loan to Serie B, preferring to pick a mid-table side and gain first-team experience in the top flight.
Bologna’s new technical director Walter Sabatini already tried to sign the player for Samp in January and has offered Merola a central role in the club’s plans.
Samp are still interested despite Sabatini’s departure last month but the Rossoblu are thought to be comfortably ahead at present.
Merola made 32 appearances in all competitions for Inter’s Primavera side last season, scoring 12 goals and creating three assists.
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Inter’s talks with Hertha Berlin for midfielder Valentino Lazaro have been likened to poker by German tabloid Berliner Kurier.
The Nerazzurri do not want to spend more than €17 million for the Austrian international, who has already agreed personal terms.
Hertha’s sporting director Michael Peetz is holding out for €25 million, however, ensuring the clubs’ valuations are still €8 million apart.
The paper today reported Inter and Hertha could reach an agreement at €20 million, with the Bundesliga club also receiving a percentage of any future sale.
Hertha would thereby have extra money to invest in a permanent deal for Marko Grujic, who they want to sign from Liverpool.
Lazaro scored three goals and created seven assists last season as Hertha secured an 11th-place finish in the Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old also scored in Austria’s 4-1 win over North Macedonia in Euro 2020 qualifying at the start of the month, taking Franco Foda’s side closer to next summer’s tournament.
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Antonio Conte returned to Milan today after enjoying a mini-holiday in Ibiza this week, according to Gazzetta.it.
The new Inter head coach has not found a house in the city yet and is waiting for an assistant to present the various options to his family.
Conte visited Ibiza’s Inter Club while on the Spanish island, where Stefan De Vrij and Matteo Politano are also relaxing at the moment.
“Conte had a drink with his friends, took a photo with the club’s founder Marco Negri and enjoyed his last few days of relaxation,” Gazzetta reported.
“Now it’s back to full Inter immersion for him, though.”
Inter are having a difficult week on the transfer front with talks for Valentino Lazaro, Nicolo Barella and Edin Dzeko all stalling.
Piero Ausilio this morning revealed Conte called him ’10 times a day’ to ask for updates and it is possible the former Juventus boss wanted to return to follow events more closely.
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Inter defender Andrew Gravillon needs to improve his mental approach to matches if he wants to establish himself in Serie A, according to his former coach at Pescara.
Beppe Pillon took charge of the Delfino during the 2018-19 season in Serie B where Gravillon made 29 appearances, scoring twice.
The 21-year-old has since been resigned by Inter but is likely to be sold elsewhere before 30 June, with Sassuolo linked in this morning’s papers.
“Gravillon has some important qualities,” Pillon told TuttoMercatoWeb this morning.
“He needs to ensure his head is in the right place every time he steps onto the pitch, though. He must improve the mental side of his game.”
Pillon also had words of praise for Inter’s former academy player Davide Bettella, who left the club in 2018 to join Atalanta but also played at Pescara last year.
“He did really well last season and he has a great future,” Pillon assured.
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Inter are closing in on a deal to sell Primavera striker Davide Merola to Bologna, according to Sky Sport.
The Nerazzurri are looking to raise €45 million in capital gains before 30 June, in order to give themselves more room for maneouvre with Financial Fair Play next summer.
Piero Ausilio has frequently used Inter’s academy players to help balance the books in recent years and is attempting to do the same this month.
Merola had been linked with Roma and Pescara but Gianluca Di Marzio told viewers last night the 19-year-old would join the Rossoblu.
The forward made 32 appearances in all competitions for Inter’s Primavera side last season, scoring 12 goals and creating three assists.
Merola’s most eye-catching goal of the campaign came during a 4-2 win against Tottenham in the UEFA Youth League, but Armando Madonna’s side were eliminated at the group stage.
Inter lost out to Atalanta in the Campionato Primavera final after finishing second to the Bergamaschi during the regular season.
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Inter have renewed more than 30,000 season tickets ahead of the 2019-20 season, the club announced this morning.
The first stage of this summer’s campaign was reserved to existing ticket holders and finished today, giving way to phase two.
Inter do not have many spots left for the rest of the public after deciding to place an upward limit on the number of season tickets available, just like last year.
The club invited fans to snap up the remaining tickets with a tweet reintroducing their ‘Not For Everyone’ hashtag.
“A soul painted black and blue, born under a starry night,” the message began.
“A brave soul, ambitious and never ready to settle. A creative soul, capable of writing a story different from the rest.
“Not For Everyone, stay tuned…”
Inter have topped Serie A’s attendance charts in each of the last six seasons, with more than one million supporters coming through the gates at San Siro in each of the past two campaigns.
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Milan’s new boss Marco Giampaolo has appointed one of the fitness coaches that helped Inter win the treble to his backroom staff, according to Corriere della Sera.
Stefano Rapetti worked under Jose Mourinho for the Nerazzurri during the 2009-10 season, when Inter rewrote history and won the Champions League in Madrid.
Rapetti went on to assist Giampaolo during his time at Sampdoria, though, spending two years in Liguria before leaving in May 2018.
Mourinho wanted the 42-year-old to rejoin him at Manchester United and brought him to England for last season.
Milan confirmed Giampaolo had been appointed their new head coach yesterday after weeks of speculation.
Giamapolo is a die-hard Inter supporter and represents the latest in a long line of Interisti who have joined the Rossoneri in recent years.
Rapetti will hope his fitness programs can help Milan return to the Champions League after they missed out on the final day of last season.
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